Can I drive 230 miles on 4% oil life on 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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I have 16,589 miles on my Jeep Gladiator and the oil was supposed to be changed at 14,000. Unfortunately I have put it off and now I’m at 4% oil level. Will I be able to drive 230 miles on it and then get oil changed?



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I have 16,589 miles on my Jeep Gladiator and the oil was supposed to be changed at 14,000. Unfortunately I have put it off and now I’m at 4% oil level. Will I be able to drive 230 miles on it and then get oil changed?
That's oil life - and yes, it won't blow up, but do get it changed as soon as possible.
The normal "range" between changes is 10,000 miles - I consider that a max under ideal conditions.
If you really mean LEVEL - and it's LOW on oil, put oil in, don't drive it.
If you mean oil LIFE - that's different.
 
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That's oil life - and yes, it won't blow up, but do get it changed as soon as possible.
The normal "range" between changes is 10,000 miles - I consider that a max under ideal conditions.
If you really mean LEVEL - and it's LOW on oil, put oil in, don't drive it.
If you mean oil LIFE - that's different.
That makes sense, thank you. I last had the oil changed at 9,000 miles, So I am at about 7,500 since the last oil change. The odometer just states “change oil soon” and when I view the details it says that the oil is at 4%.
 

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I like to change synthetic at 5k miles. That’s what I did in my JK and oil was still fairly clean and happy looking 75k miles later. Send it to black stone if you really wanna know.
 

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I do 3-4,000 miles on my 4.0 (it's on its second 100,000 miles now)
2500-3,000 on my carbureted engines, and will do 7,000 on my JT unless I tow, or the weather conditions dictate more often.

10,000 miles is under ideal conditions, IMO.

I've never lost an engine or had any engine related failure that could be linked to oil.

If a vehicle sits - that's bad, if it sits during drastic weather changes (winter to spring, fall to winter) that's not good as you have condensation, acids, etc.. I've seen holes in oil pans. Short drives, changes based strictly on miles and not time, all hard on things. Even if one doesn't drive 10,000 miles a year, it should still be changed.
 

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What exactly does "oil life" mean? How is it calculated. I did my first oil change in May @~5000 oil life was around 40%. I just turned 10k and oil life is showing 32%....getting ready to do my 2nd oil change.

Just curious what goes into the calculation for oil life.
 

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I forgot to add - I actually have TWO 4.0 liter engines, and the same applies to both - and both are in their second 100,000 miles.

Jeep used to have a sensor in the oil pan for low oil- and I think oil life is actually calculated off the mileage but could be wrong as some vehicles have other sensors in the oil system.

Generically, oil life means that if you want it changed every 10,000 miles and is has 5,000 miles on it now, you have 50% life. If you want to change at 7,000 miles and is has 3500 miles, you have 50% oil life.

Do these have the "oil level low" sensor in the "pan"?????
 

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That gauge is just a suggested gauge...I generally ignore it.
 

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I forgot to add - I actually have TWO 4.0 liter engines, and the same applies to both - and both are in their second 100,000 miles.

Jeep used to have a sensor in the oil pan for low oil- and I think oil life is actually calculated off the mileage but could be wrong as some vehicles have other sensors in the oil system.

Generically, oil life means that if you want it changed every 10,000 miles and is has 5,000 miles on it now, you have 50% life. If you want to change at 7,000 miles and is has 3500 miles, you have 50% oil life.

Do these have the "oil level low" sensor in the "pan"?????
Hmm that would indicate mine thinks oil should be changed every 3500 miles or so....unless I fail at math which is entirely possible.
 

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Jeep used to have a sensor in the oil pan for low oil- and I think oil life is actually calculated off the mileage but could be wrong as some vehicles have other sensors in the oil system.
I dont think it is just mileage based. Jeep's manual says to change oil every 10k miles, but, I hit the 50% mark at 4k.
 

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I dont think it is just mileage based. Jeep's manual says to change oil every 10k miles, but, I hit the 50% mark at 4k.
It monitors trip length, outside temperature, and time towing. It says not to go more than 10k miles, and that changes can be necessary as soon as 3500 miles.

From the manual:

Based on engine operation conditions, the oil change indicator message will illuminate. This means that service is required for your vehicle. Operating conditions such as frequent short-trips, trailer tow, or extremely hot or cold ambient temperatures will influence when the “Change Oil” or “Oil Change Required” message is displayed. Severe Operating Conditions can cause the change oil message to illuminate as early as 3,500miles (5,600km) since last reset. Have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible, within the next 500 miles (805km).

NOTE:
Under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000miles (16,000km), 12 months or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first. The 350 hours of engine run or idle time is generally only a concern for fleet customers.

Severe Duty All Models
Change Engine Oil at 4,000miles (6,500km) or 350 hours of engine run time if the vehicle is operated in a dusty and off-road environment, or is operated predominately at idle or only very low engine RPM. This type of vehicle use is considered Severe Duty.
 

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I dont think it is just mileage based. Jeep's manual says to change oil every 10k miles, but, I hit the 50% mark at 4k.
That's what I wondered as I see different percentages from different people who have talked about mileage.
Environmental conditions, trip length, engine temperatures (oils break down at certain temperatures!) impact oil - and that's always been how I have decided when to change oil in my other vehicles. So, Jeep must have been watching me and programmed in how I did mine. That makes sense.

I've always said that 10K is under ideal conditions - not getting the engine hot, long drives, low loads, etc. Basically no short trips, and a commute to and from work every day that's several miles will get you 10K miles.
Mine was literally 50% when I hit the 5,000 miles mark. I had it changed at about 7 and it still said something like 30% left.
 

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I have no idea what the formula looks like, but the vehicle is supposed to somehow factor in how you drive in addition to simply miles traveled. I don't think there is any sort of "clock" counting down, though, so you do have to keep track the last date if you don't drive it much.

I haven't hit 2,000 miles yet in the JT, but my car is about due. It also has the % display and once you hit 0% it gives you a reading with the mileage you're driving over it (I'm around -230 at the moment). When I asked the specialist I take it to, he said just ignore it entirely - watch the mileage and the time since your last oil change. Then he showed me how to reset it myself.
 

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I am planning oil chang every 5k....so not really all the concerned over what the "life" meter says. Was just curious cause if it is more than just a mileage counter/percentage then something about how/where I drive is effecting it. I drive everyday to work...~12 miles one way. ...in Florida which as of late has been upper 90s. Just got back from a road trip to Oak Island NC. The only other long trip was when I picked it up in NC in Jan.

I went with Amsoil when I did my first oil change.
 

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